Tips and Techniques for Caregivers: What
Your Doctor Wants To Know
Whether you are visiting the doctor for your
loved one or yourself, etiquette in the doctor's
office is important to know since you'll be there a
lot. The following are tips offered by UCLA/USC Long
Term Gerontology Center:
- Don't lie, add to or hide symptoms.
- Don't lie about social/home life
- Don't chisel medical advice from other
people to throw at the doctor.
- Respect your doctor’s personal life. Know
the meaning of "Emergency"
- If you aren't going to do what the doctor
says TELL HIM.
- If you don't agree with the doctor, TELL HIM
and ask questions.
- Use phone calls wisely, and don't over use
the nurses time.
- If your doctor says "I don't know" we should
do tests, he's being honest and telling you the
possible options to follow, not trying to stick
This information has
been graciously provided by the ALZwell Alzheimer's
Caregiver Page. You can find their website at http://www.alzwell.com.
Further reproduction by written permission only.